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Collectible GI Joe: An Official Guide to His Action-Packed World Hardcover – August, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Courage Books; 1st edition (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762405368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762405367
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

If you buy this book, you can't go wrong.
Aaron Luck
It's huge and filled with amazing color photos that show everything in great detail.
Eleven Bravo
It really recaptured the fun I had had of collecting and playing with GI Joe.
Livin' Large

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Luck on December 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Tired of skimming through the "rest" of the books about GI Joe, your long time pal and friend? We all were. Joe was reduced to doll duty as a uniform display stand. It wasn't the Joe I remembered from my childhood. If it was the Joe you grew up with, its not too late, become a kid now.
Derryl puts Joe in his element. He is fighting the White Tiger (not putting a collar on him for tracking), exploring the ends of the earth, capturing the Intruders, and generally having a great time being Joe. Great photos of Joe in action poses - no stiff, lifeless lump of plastic here, Joe really comes to life.
Top off the excellent photos and most accurate price guide available (real value, not the inflated list that antique dealers like to wring out of you) with a very witty storyline and history of Joe. Derryl isn't just smart, he is even pretty funny.
Derryl knows Joe. He is an active part of the current Joe collector community. He is available to hundreds and thousands of collectors and is the final source for many of us about variations and general Joe knowledge.
If you buy this book, you can't go wrong. I liked this one so much I bought two. I use one almost daily in my collecting, and the other is a great coffee table book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Marshall on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Derryl De Priest is THE MAN. This is an awesome book with fabulous photos and a treasure trove of information. Derryl was kind enough to autograph my copy too - sweet! If you played with GI Joe or Action Man as a kid then this book will bring back memories and probably enthuse you to dig out your old toys or lament that they were thrown out. You're never to old for GI Joe and this book is just the tonic if you think you are!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barry Kay on November 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting GI Joe figures and accessories for a long time, and I have seen every book that has been written on the subject. Derryl DePriest's new book is by far, the most informative, well-written book ever done. Curt Fukuda's photography is stunning, and it is nice to see the figures posed in ACTION, rather then the stiff mannequins that we see in so many other books. The text is witty and informative and the price guide is the first "honest and fair" guide to vintage GI Joe that I have ever seen. So many "collectible" books are incomplete or slanted by the views and opinions of the authors, but this book treats all items equally and it shows. There is none of the bias towards 60's era GI Joe or disregard for the 70's era GI Joe's that are normally found in GI Joe books. Forget the rest, this is the best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monica Smith on October 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Chances are, even if you played with GI Joe as a kid, you've never seen him like this. Joe battling the great ape, Joe on the tarmac at sunset, Joe exploring the undersea cave ... The beautiful color images by (uncredited) photographer Curtis Fukuda, combined with the authoritative narrative by collector Derryl DePriest, make this collector's guide feel more like a childhood adventure. A wonderful gift not just for collectors, but for anyone with a sense of fun and nostalgia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Bellomo on March 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
...motivated me to create my own collectible books. Derryl's amazing tome was an inspiration to me and still stands out--along with Ben Holcomb's Mego Official World's Greatest Super-Heroes book--as the finest "toy book" ever made.

Thanks to Derryl, action figure fans would have the bar raised for collectible books for DECADES to come.

Gorgeous photos, pristine toys, and ingenious composition and layouts make DDP's uber-rare 11 1/2" Joes LEAP off the printed page. I couldn't imagine how much time it must have taken to shoot those diorama shots... weeks, months, years?

Thanks, Mr. DePriest.

-- Mark Bellomo
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Medeiros (johnmedeiros@earthlink.net) on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful. If you are a longtime collector, casual toy fan or had Joe as a kid....you will be transported by the glorious photography in this loving tribute to "America's movable fighting man". The realistic price guide and detailed info will make collectors happy as well. Just buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Livin' Large on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to help me prepare to sell off a number of GI Joe items on eBay. My plan was to sell the book too, after my collection was sold. Well, things change; this book is a keeper. It really recaptured the fun I had had of collecting and playing with GI Joe. The photographs are of the kinds of scenes I'd have loved to create for myself (if only my collection had been this good). The text reads as if you were listening to guy with a great sense of humor warm up to his favorite topic. Thanks Mr. Depriest for a job really well done.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Michlig on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As author of GI JOE: THE COMPLETE STORY OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE MAN OF ACTION and creator of THE GI JOE MASTERPIECE EDITION, I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about collecting the best boy's toy ever made. It is the best collector's guide available. Period.
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